Motorola monthly security patches dropped for “efficient” bundles
Lenovo-owned Motorola has dropped its monthly update schedule for its smartphones, favoring a “most efficient” one.
When it launched its Moto Z line of handsets last month, a company spokesperson did promise security patches from Android Security Bulletins. Phones “will receive an update shortly after launch with additional patches.” The representative did not discuss the frequency of those updates.
Fast forward to today and Motorola has responded to Ars Technica’s request to address its non-willingness to go monthly as the updates are released.
Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with Android security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.
As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them.
The Moto X Pure Edition has recently seen its patching pattern droop from monthly to quarterly. Motorola updated the device this month, bringing patch levels up from “February” to “May”.
Motorola was not able to pass on the Android Marshmallow update for Verizon and AT&T variants of the Moto X 2nd Gen last year.
Source: Ars Technica